DEPARTING DAILY FROM DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON OR MT. PLEASANT
Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. We offer many departure times daily from two convenient locations, Liberty Square, downtown Charleston, or Patriots Point, in Mt. Pleasant.
Due to COVID-19 we have made several changes to departure times, boarding processes, seating, etc. Please click here to learn more.
Once aboard, you will experience a relaxing 30 minute cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. After your roughly one hour visit, you will enjoy a soothing cruise back to your departure point.
Want to stay longer? Please ask the ticket window representative about an extended stay!
Please note, boats will depart promptly!
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||9:30 am|
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||12:15 pm|
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||3:00 pm|
|Patriots Point (Mt. Pleasant)||10:45 am|
|Patriots Point (Mt. Pleasant)||1:45 pm|
|Children under 3||FREE|
*Rates are subject to availability and change without notice. The America the Beautiful Interagency Federal Recreation Lands Pass, frequently referred to as the National Parks passes do not apply to the ferry fee. This includes the Interagency Senior, Access, Military, and Annual passes. This tour is great rain or shine. The Charleston area experiences a high number of lightning strikes during the summer. Know the latest weather conditions and seek safe shelter in the event of lightning or thunder. Lightning identified within 10 miles of Fort Sumter will prompt the closure of the observation deck, and visitors are advised to shelter in the fort’s museum or on the ferry. The National Park Service and Fort Sumter Tours will inform visitors when there is a possibility that storms may impact the length of time people can spend at the fort. More weather information can be found on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/fosu. Fort Sumter Tours tickets are 100% refundable if cancelled 2 hours in advance of the departure time. If tickets are cancelled less than 2 hours from departure time they are non-refundable. Fort Sumter Tours will cruise in most weather conditions all-year round. Time on the Fort may be impacted by weather at the discretion of the National Park Service. Thank you for your patronage of our national parks.
The Fort Tour has limited accessibility for the disabled and those with mobility issues. Please visit the National Park Service page (click here) for details. Note:: there is no Elevator Service at Fort Sumter – the museum, restrooms, bookstore and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. There are restrooms available at Fort Sumter. In addition, there are restrooms available on the ferry boats provided by Fort Sumter Tours.
The tour boats are equipped with an elevator/lift and handicapped accessible restrooms. The Liberty Square boarding ramp can accommodate electric & manual wheelchairs and scooters except in extreme tide situations. Although the restrooms on Fort Sumter are accessible only by climbing a flight of stairs the tour boat remains at the Fort so that restrooms on the boat are available during your visit.
**Please note the Fort Sumter Tour is a boat excursion dependent on changing weather and tide conditions, Fort Sumter Tours cannot and does not guarantee accessibility. Ramps used to access the ferry can vary based on tides and adverse conditions. Due to this, the ferry departing from downtown Charleston or Patriots Point is not always fully accessible. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you contact the concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours, on the day of your visit at (843) 722-2628.
Please call 843-722-2628 the day of your tour to verify accessibility. Note: No concealed weapons are allowed on any of the vessels that Fort Sumter Tours operates.
^Note the 3:30pm tour departing from Patriots Point this tour is a 3 hour tour and the boat makes a brief interim stop at Liberty Square before and after Fort Tour.